“Congratulations Diogo Ribeiro! Three gold medals and a world record in the Juniors of Swimming, which take place in Lima. A pride for the national sport”, wrote the head of Government on the social network Twitter.
Diogo Ribeiro won on Saturday the world junior swimming title in the 50 meters mariposa, in Lima, Peru, with a world record in the category, adding this achievement to the gold medals in the 50 freestyle and 100 mariposa.
The 17-year-old Benfica swimmer won the competition in 22.96 seconds, improving by nine hundredths the junior world record, which was held by Russian Andrei Minakov (23.05), since October 2020, also taking 11 hundredths to the national record, which already belonged to him.
Diogo Ribeiro comfortably won the final, leaving the Czech Daniel Gracik, in second place, at half a second (23.46), and the Danish Casper Puggaard, in the third place, one second (23.96), after giving up the half- final of the 100 meters freestyle, for which he had qualified with the best time of the heats, ahead of the absolute world record holder, the Romanian David Popovici.
After winning his third world title, Diogo Ribeiro, visibly moved, thanked those who supported him, namely in the Peruvian swimming pool.
“It was very difficult, a very tense year”, said the Portuguese swimmer, promising to “get used to this rhythm of victories”.